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Sip in style this spring with these party-perfect recipes

What is more refreshing than a ginger beer cocktail? Moscow mules are inherently invigorating, and a blueberry twist will make them extra satisfying on a warm spring day!

Blueberry Moscow Mule

What is more refreshing than a ginger beer cocktail? Moscow mules are inherently invigorating, and a blueberry twist will make them extra satisfying on a warm spring day!

Blueberry Moscow Mule

What is more refreshing than a ginger beer cocktail? Moscow mules are inherently invigorating, and a blueberry twist will make them extra satisfying on a warm spring day!

Bomb Pop

The Bomb Pop is a unique rum cocktail created by Rockit Bar & Grill. Bacardi Razz and Limón rums are mixed with lemonade, blue Curaçao, and cherries to make this drink. It's a wonderful beverage for spring!

Camarena Caliente Cocktail

A little heat and a little fruit go a long way! This tasty cocktail was meant to be sipped in the sun, so be sure to make it by the pitcherful as your guests lounge about outside.

Champagne Margarita

Margaritas get the spotlight in May with Cinco de Mayo, but why not add a splash of Champagne to make them a little more spring-centric? Guests will love the balance of tequila burn and bubbles.

Cucumber Gin and Tonic with Blueberries Cocktail

This twist on a classic gin and tonic is the perfect spring cocktail. It definitely tastes as good as it looks.

El Pichon Cocktail

Zesty, refreshing, and maybe a smidge spicy, this spring cocktail looks as beautiful as it tastes, making it perfect for throwing a party!

Gin Gimlet

A dry cocktail that comes to life with a splash of lime juice, this concoction is easy to drink on a warm spring day.

Mint Julep

Who says that this a Kentucky Derby drink only? This minty, strong drink is the perfect cocktail to have on hand for a warm spring party.

Spiced Island Iced Tea

In need of a strong spring drink for a booze-loving crowd? This cocktail is as refreshing as it is strong.

Tequila Sunrise

A perfectly breezy and boozy drink for a spring party, this recipe is flawless in execution. Your spring guests will be so impressed!

16 Spring Cocktail Recipes for a Fresh, Cool Season of Sipping

While blueberries, raspberries, and blackberries are tastiest in the summer, strawberries are ripe for the picking in the spring – which makes this the perfect fruity, spring cocktail!

Citrus Gin Spritzer

There&aposs nothing to pump you up for warmer weather like a handful of citrus in a sparking, boozy drink. Top with mint to make &aposem extra refreshing.

Lemon-Berry Freezes

This 6-ingredient cocktail couldn&apost be easier to make – just break out the blender and get sipping!

Cucumber Gin & Tonic

These boozy bevs give a whole new meaning to "cool as a cucumber." Added cilantro, lime juice, and chilled tonic water provide the ultimate chill.

Carrot-y Mary

Photography by Sarah Anne Ward

No sweet tooth? No problem! Carrot-infused Bloody Mary&aposs offer fun spring flavor minus the sugar shock. 

Pink Grapefruit Whiskey Sours

Photography by Paul Sirisalee

Grapefruits are at peak ripeness in the spring, so why not put them to good use? Toss them in a glass with sugar and your favorite whiskey for a sweet and zesty mixed drink.

Rum-Spiked Ginger Beer Cocktails

If you like Moscow Mules, you&aposll LOVE these! Just trade vodka for rum and sugar, and enjoy.

Grapefruit Gimlet

Out with soda, and in with grapefruit juice and green Chartreuse. Once you try this, you&aposll never make a gimlet any other way!

Classic Margarita

What can we say? Some cocktails just work year round! Follow this recipe to make the perfect Marg – homemade simple syrup included.

Rosemary Ruby Cocktails

Nothing says spring like fresh herbs. A few rosemary sprigs will take this cocktail from ho-hum to "Oh, yum!"

Add 1½ parts Hudson Baby Bourbon, 1 part Aperol aperitif, ½ part fresh lemon juice, ½ part honey syrup, and half a dropper of Bittermens Elemakule Tiki Bitters to a shaker with ice and an egg white or ¾ oz. aquafaba (chickpea water), strain into a cocktail glass and garnish with a lemon twist.

Reverse Martini

Created at San Francisco’s Starlight Room, this version of a Reverse Martini is one you won’t want to put down. It follows the classic format, with the ratios of vodka and vermouth reversed from a usual Vodka Martini, but adds a barspoon of Luxardo maraschino liqueur and a brandied cherry garnish to sweetly tie it all together.

It doesn't get much easier than G&Ts. All you need is club soda, gin, and a high-quality tonic syrup (we like the stuff the folks at Jack Rudy Cocktail Co. make).

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11 Large-Batch Cocktails for Your Next Party

Serving mixed drinks at a party can be tricky business. You can hire a bartender, but really, if you could afford to hire a bartender for a party, you'd probably live in a nicer place with more pleasant roommates (or no roommates). You can stand there and mix drinks yourself, but then you're working all night. You can leave out a bunch of mixers and liquor out, but that's going to end with all the mixers running out within 30 minutes of your first guest's arrival and a bottle of vodka spilled on the rug. There is only one great solution, and that's punch &mdash a large-batch mixed drink that you make before the party and don't need worry about again. Here are 11 delicious ways to make it:

1. Strawberry Pisco Punch

Pisco, a South American grape brandy, is a mainstay of well-stocked bars in Peru and Chile. This summery strawberry pisco punch is a classic cocktail that showcases the unique flavors of pisco beautifully.

2. Pineapple Rosé Sangria

Having a perfectly lazy summer afternoon requires having a tight sangria game. If yours needs a little work, try shaking things up a little with some rosé wine and pineapple.

3. Raspberry-Rhubarb Collins Punch

Fizzy and sweet, this punch variant on the classic Tom Collins goes down easy. And, really, when was the last time you had a drink with rhubarb?

4. Strawberry-Ginger Punch

Don't think of this as punch, think of it as a bottomless vodka-strawberry spritzer. Doesn't that sound like something you've always wanted?

5. Strawberry Wine Punch

Wine can make a great base for a punch, especially if you know your friends aren't going to pace themselves with a liquor-based one. And this chilled white wine punch with strawberries is a perfect option for the summer.

6. Watermelon-Hibiscus-Lime Margaritas

We live in a time when almost any flavor combination can make its way into a margarita, and in the case of this ultra-refreshing watermelon-hibiscus margarita, that's a really good thing.

7. Cider Rum Punch

Sock this one away for the fall, or those days in August when you start fantasizing about wool sweaters. It may not be right for a hot afternoon, but the cider rum punch is absolutely perfect when you want to give your guests something to warm up both body and soul.

8. Ginger Beer-Pineapple Rum Punch

Like a good summer fling, this punch is a little bit sweet and a little bit spicy. Serve it at your summer party and set the right tone for romance.

9. Strawberry-Blood Orange Rum Punch

Festive times call for colorful drinks, and this vibrant red punch made with strawberries and blood oranges packs a wallop of color along with plenty of sweet, sippable deliciousness.

10. Brûléed Grapefruit Punch

Memorable cocktails start with memorable flavors, and the sweet-bitter contrast of brûléed grapefruit is about as memorable as they come. This is a punch they'll be talking about, possibly for years to come.

11. Vodka Mint Lemonade

This refreshing lemonade has a lot going for it &mdash the mint and lemonade provide relief from the scorching sun while the vodka helps you forget about your sunburn.

Elizabeth Stark is a food writer with a passion for seasonal food, great desserts, and inadvisable wine pairings. Read more on her blog, Brooklyn Supper.

4 make-ahead batch cocktail recipes for spring and summer parties

In college I was a beer drinker, reaching for inexpensive Rolling Rocks. More recently, I’ve discovered the small-production wines from vineyards near my home in Pennsylvania’s Lehigh Valley. But last October when I visited the Jameson Distillery in Dublin, I tried a Tamarind Sour, and fell in love with cocktails.

Since then, I’ve been squeezing fresh lemons for juice, making my own honey syrup, and tackling classics like the Whiskey Sour and the Old Fashioned. And I’ve discovered that it’s easy enough to craft a cocktail or two with my husband on a weekend. But add just a couple more people, and all that measuring, mixing and shaking can get to be a lot of work.

The solution? Batch cocktails. Maggie Hoffman’s book, "Batch Cocktails: Make-Ahead Pitcher Drinks for Every Occasion" features 65 eight-to-10 serving cocktail recipes — including seven nonalcoholic versions — that can be prepared mostly in advance.

“When you’re inviting people over and gathering together for a meal, barbecue or picnic, what you really want to do is spend time with friends and family,” Hoffman says. “If you’re muddling, putting drinks in a cocktail shaker, shaking and straining, you’re missing out on the hanging-out-with-people part.”

Ready to give it a go? Here are four of Hoffman’s top choices for warm-weather entertaining.


Grab a big thermos and take the celery-based Infinity Pool along on hot summer days, Hoffman says. “It’s almost like a celery margarita. The mezcal is so earthy and smoky, and the celery juice and lemon juice are so refreshing. It’s perfect for summer,” she says.


Hoffman pairs America’s pastime with Riled and Wrangled, a spicy shandy that has little in common with the beer-and-lemonade variety. You can make this batch cocktail with kolsh or pilsner, which gives you the option to serve up a cooler full of bottles or cans on the side for your beer-purist guests.


For a backyard brunch or engagement party, Hoffman recommends Birds Again. “It’s lovely — light in alcohol and super quick to make. The fresh basil gives it a bright spring flavor that is a real favorite. It’s definitely good for daytime,” Hoffman says. Up your entertaining game by adding the optional edible rosebuds or rose petals.


Hoffman suggests serving at least one non-alcoholic cocktail when you entertain. “Everybody deserves something special,” Hoffman says. Her go-to choice? The grapefruit-and-honey-based Blaylock. “It sounds simple but it’s magically complex tasting. It’s somehow rich, really good, and so easy to make,” she says.


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Hoffman’s recipes will step you through the prep and serving, and she also offers these tips if you’re new to batch cocktails:

  • Measure your container before you start batching. You don’t want to run out of room and discover you still need to add an ounce of lime juice and ice.
  • The first time you use a punch bowl fill it with water to test for cracks, especially if you found it at a flea market or yard sale. “I’ve been at a party where there’s been a crack, and it’s all over the table,” Hoffman says.
  • Choose quality ingredients. Punches get a bad rap, but that partly comes from people making compromises when they make big batches. Hoffman points out that you can find fresh juice at juice bars and many grocery stores if you don’t have the time to make your own.
  • Chill your ingredients ahead of time. Most spirits can go in the freezer, and vermouth and syrups can go in the fridge.
  • Prep most of your ingredients up to a week in advance, but hold off until an hour or two before your event for citrus and watermelon juices since their flavors can deteriorate.
  • Set out all of your ingredients, and check them off your recipe or move them to another part of your counter as you add them. That way if you get interrupted or distracted, you’ll know what you’ve already included.
  • When you’re adding liquids, keep your measuring cup on the counter. If you hold it over the pitcher or punch bowl and overpour you could have an extra tablespoon or more in your drink.
  • Taste test, and trust your taste buds. Ingredients aren’t always exactly the same. Your sparkling wine might be sweeter than the one Hoffman used when creating her recipe. Some grapefruits are more sour while others are sweeter. Spice levels might need adjusting.

Bonus tip: If you’re hooked on batch cocktails you can age these drinks in your fridge, like wine. “I’ve been opening some that are a year old and they’re so good,” Hoffman says. “They’re soft and smooth and rich and mellow. They’re ready to go and it feels luxurious.” She says if you’re aging cocktails more than two weeks, leave out the water and bitters and add them when you serve the drink.

20 Bright, Refreshing Spring Cocktails to Welcome the Season

Chock-full of fresh seasonal ingredients, these drinks are the perfect way to ring in spring.

Matt Taylor-Gross

Spring is finally upon us! For most of the country, at least. It’s officially time to (safely and responsibly) frolic with (small groups of) friends, and we can’t think of a better way to do that than with a well-balanced cocktail in hand. Whether you reach for vodka, gin, or whiskey, edible flowers are always a solid move when getting into the swing of spring, from pretty-in-pink cherry blossoms to delicate pastel pansies. Not feeling flowery? No biggie. Fresh basil is always a solid choice (and easy to find in the supermarket), or turn up the volume with a whole bunch of herbs. You can’t go wrong with any of our favorite spring cocktails—the vibrant colors and fresh flavors are just the thing for celebrating the end of winter…and helping us get back into the swing of things.

Sakura Martini

Tokyo native Kenta Goto of Bar Goto in New York City has elevated the once-maligned saketini to a state of floral elegance by mixing Plymouth gin with oak-aged Junmai sake, sweet maraschino liqueur, and salted cherry blossoms. Get the recipe for the Sakura Martini »

Hibiscus Rose Vesper

To kick its flavor up a notch, this rosy pink cocktail calls for craft-distilled, Plantation vodka. Get the recipe for Hibiscus Rose Vesper »

Basil Martini

Herbal flavors have a natural affinity for gin, so we’re using basil in this martini riff. It’s a real illustration of how dramatically an herb garnish can affect a drink—there’s no basil in the drink itself, just a good gin, dry vermouth, and the aperitif Cocchi Americano—but the bright burst of basil scent on the nose brings an herbal element to the entire cocktail. Get the recipe for Basil Martini »

Everything’s Coming Up Rosé

Natasha David, head bartender of New York City’s Nitecap, grew up in Germany, where everything from wine to apple juice got gespritzt. Her bright fuchsia aperitivo mixes tannic hibiscus tea, sweet Lillet Rosé, and dry rosé with a hit of Prosecco. Get the recipe for Everything’s Coming Up Rosé »

Golden Chrysanthemum

Another from Kenta Goto, this drink pays tribute to the Japanese golden chrysanthemum flower with this amber, pear-flavored Champagne elixir. Get the recipe for Golden Chrysanthemum »

Floral Old Fashioned

Cameron Johnston of Gleneagles Hotel designed this drink for those who don’t usually go for a Scotch drink chamomile syrup and Dalwhinnie 15 combine for a delicate cocktail with a still-smoky finish. Get the recipe for Floral Old Fashioned »

Sweet Talking Son Cocktail

A cross between a sazerac and a whiskey smash, this cocktail recipe by Suffolk Arms head bartender Caitlin Ryan highlights the versatility of Copper & Kings American Craft Brandy, a brandy made in the American bourbon tradition. Unbeknownst to many, the traditional sazerac recipe called for brandy, as opposed to rye. Playing off Copper & Kings’ musical ethos—all barrels are sonically-aged, with music used to agitate the spirit—the name of the cocktail comes from a line in Dusty Springfield’s “Son of a Preacher Man.” Get the recipe for Sweet Talking Son Cocktail >>

Gin Campari Sour

Gin, Campari, and lemon are three ingredients that pair beautifully, but all have their sharp edges. Adding an egg white helps mellow and integrate these flavors without muting them, while also contributing a silky texture and an opacity that’s quite elegant in a vividly colored drink. Get the recipe for Gin Campari Sour »

Antilles Cocktail

Inspired by a cocktail at the now-closed Manhattan restaurant The Beagle, this delicately sweet, subtly floral cocktail is perfect as an after-dinner drink. Orange flower water makes a wonderful accent to armagnac’s notes of dried fruit and vanilla, while dry vermouth keeps the whole thing from becoming cloying. Get the recipe for Antilles Cocktail »

Gin: Bee’s Knees

The phrase the “bee’s knees” was used in Prohibition times as slang to mean “the best.” This cocktail, a gin sour that’s believed to have been created around that time, used lemon and honey to mask the harsh smell of bathtub gin. If your guest wants something refreshing with gin, look no further. Get the recipe for the Bee’s Knee’s cocktail »

The Verbena and Mint

Bar manager Jon di Pinto of Street ADL in Adelaide, South Australia, combines lemon verbena and gin for a crisp, refreshing summer cocktail. Get the recipe for The Verbena and Mint »

Elderflower Old Fashioned

Elderflower liqueur replaces the traditional sugar cube in this floral twist on an old favorite. Get the recipe for Elderflower Old Fashioned >>

Lavender Sour

JB Bernstein, bar manager at Vernick Food & Drink in Philadelphia, celebrates summer with this simple, floral gin cocktail, sweetened with lavender-infused syrup and garnished with lavender dust. Get the recipe for Lavender Sour >>

Water Lily

Crème de violette adds sweetness and an arresting purple color to a tart mix of gin, lemon juice, and triple sec in a cocktail based on one from Manhattan bar PDT. Get the recipe for Water Lily >>

Pendennis Cocktail

Pretty in pink with a delicate froth, this apricot-gin cocktail has a mesmerizing balance of floral, citrus, and fruity flavors. Get the recipe for Pendennis Cocktail >>

Rhubarb Fizz

This bubbly cocktail makes the most of rhubarb season. Get the recipe for Rhubarb Fizz »

Lavender Paloma

Our twist on the classic tequila and grapefruit cocktail uses mezcal, fresh grapefruit juice, and lavender simple syrup for a drink that’s simultaneously smoky, bright, and floral. Get the recipe for Lavender Paloma >>

Thousand-Dollar Mint Julep

This version of the classic three-ingredient cocktail—which combines three parts bourbon to one part of a simple syrup bracingly infused with fresh spearmint—is sanctioned by the Kentucky Derby itself as their official mint julep recipe. Get the recipe for Thousand-Dollar Mint Julep »

Blooming Champagne Cocktail

A single hibiscus flower scented with a drop or two of rose water turns a simple glass of sparkling wine into a showstopper of a cocktail. Get the recipe for Blooming Champagne Cocktail >>

Our 37 Best Cocktails For A Crowd

Farideh Sadeghin

When you’re hosting a party, the last thing you want to do is spend time making individual cocktails for your guests. The more practical move is to whip-up a large batch of a boozy punch or sangria beforehand, so you can spend less time playing bartender and more time with your friends. In the chillier months, warm up around the fire with eggnog recipes fit to serve a group. Our best cocktails for a crowd have something for every season, whether it’s a summer favorite like a frozen margarita, or a fall classic like chilled cider punch. Next time you’re throwing a party, consult these recipes to be the ultimate host without having to stand behind the bar all night.

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Horse & Carriage

New York City bar The Daily serves this lightly sweet, effervescent gin-based punch made with chamomile tea and sparkling wine. Created by mixologist Naren Young, it was inspired by classic holiday punches but is easily adapted to any season—try it in fall garnished with apples, pears, and cinnamon sticks in winter with citrus slices and pomegranate and in spring with edible flowers.

Punch à la Taylor

Sweet citrus, whiskey, and a pleasantly bitter gentian-flavored liqueur combine in an elegant punch concocted by New York City cocktail bar The Dead Rabbit.

Red Sangria

For his riff on the classic Spanish wine-based drink, Jon Santer of Prizefighter in Emeryville, California, layers on more fruity flavors with French apéritif Lillet Rouge and the orange cognac-based liqueur Grand Marnier. Get the recipe for Red Sangria »

White Sangria

Choose a high-acid, no-oak sauvignon blanc or similar white for this sophisticated version of the party wine drink from bartender Jon Santer of Prizefighter in Emeryville, California. Get the recipe for White Sangria »

Watermelon Cooler

Sweet watermelon balances the heat of Scotch bonnet chiles in this summery tequila-based drink. Get the recipe for Watermelon Cooler »

Pawleys Rum Punch

Contributor Marshall Bright’s father makes this boozy fruit punch for the family every year during their annual beach vacation in Pawleys Island, South Carolina. A sprinkle of fresh nutmeg on top compliments the molasses-like flavor of the rum. Use freshly squeezed orange juice—it adds a bright flavor the bottled stuff can’t match. Get the recipe for Pawleys Rum Punch »

Green Monster

For a vibrant drink that’s excellent with spicy foods, try floral, tropical passion fruit juice paired with white rum and cool mint. Get the recipe for Green Monster »

Frozen Limeade Margarita

Canned frozen limeade intensifies the citrus flavor of this slushy Mexican-inspired libation. See the recipe for Frozen Limeade Margarita »

Colombiana Pitcher Cocktail (Refajo)

Crisp and bittersweet, this Colombian lager-based cocktail is the perfect accompaniment to an afternoon around the grill. Get the recipe for Colombiana Pitcher Cocktail (Refajo) »

Strawberry Pimm’s Cup

A twist on the British classic, this summer cooler takes on spicy, herbal notes from Kaffir lime leaves, while strawberries lend sweet balance to the pleasingly bitter liqueur. Get the recipe for Strawberry Pimm’s Cup »

Vodka Lavender Thyme Lemonade

This lemonade gains herbaceous depth from lavender and thyme, while vodka delivers a good, clean punch.

Grilled Sangria

Whether it’s juicing grilled limes into margaritas, charring tomatoes for bloody marys, or making this reimagined sangria with caramelized fruits, grilling your drinks will add smoky depth to every sip. Get the recipe for Grilled Sangria »

White Wine Punch

This festive, fuss-free punch recipe can be made year-round using seasonal fruit. See the recipe for White Wine Punch »

Poinsettia Punch

This brightly spiced punch recipe includes gin, lemon juice, cinnamon syrup, and allspice dram.

Hugh Acheson’s Eggnog

In this Southern spin on the boozy Yuletide favorite, a mix of bourbon and rum takes the place of brandy. It can be made up to 4 hours before serving.

Tom and Jerry

Experiencing the Tom and Jerry is like sipping a hot toddy through a brandy-laced, nutmeg-dusted froth. Serve this thick, batter-like concoction at your next holiday gathering.

Regent’s Punch

This tea-infused champagne punch makes an elegant centerpiece for any festive occasion. Get the recipe for Regent’s Punch »

Michelada Bloody Mary

Chef Rick Bayless suggested this recipe for a bloody mary made with beer, citrus, and tequila.

Original Bloody Mary

A combination of vodka, tomato juice, fresh lemon juice, Worcestershire, and fresh ground spices is simple, classic, and always delicious. Get the recipe for Original Bloody Mary »

Jamaican Punch

Throughout the Caribbean, rum punches flecked with nutmeg have been served steadily since the colonial era.

The Pledge

In this easy-drinking beer cocktail, the concentrated raisin flavor of the sherry, the honeyed quality of the Benedictine liqueur, and the oatmeal stout add up to something like “breakfast in a glass.” A sprinkling of sweet, spicy nutmeg seems completely appropriate in this context.

Mezcalita de Piña

Made with mezcal, grilled pineapple, jalapeño, and lime, this festive take on the classic margarita is smoky, sweet, and spicy, with an herbaceous kick from cilantro. Get the recipe for Mezcalita de Piña »

The Merchant’s Wife

A bright mix of watermelon, gin, Aperol, lemon juice, and a splash of club soda, this drink from Stella Rosa Pizza Bar in Santa Monica is well-balanced, effervescent, and not too sweet. Get the recipe for The Merchant’s Wife »

Fish House Punch

Dark rum and cognac warm up this peach punch created in the 18th century.

Red Nose Punch

Book Club Sangria

This sweet-tart wine punch was invented by members of the Junior League of Houston book club in the 1970s.

Stone Fruit Rosé Sangria

This version of a Spanish sangria is ripe with summer fruit its light, crisp flavors complement seafood and poultry.

Chilled Cider Punch

This chilled cider punch combines the fall flavors of a mulled cider with the celebratory feel of a sparkling punch. Get the recipe for Chilled Cider Punch »

Full Windsor

“Always be prepared.” It’s not only the motto of the Boy Scouts of America, it’s also the mantra of any great host. Eric Castro of San Diego’s Polite Provisions suggests to achieve that goal via pre-made libations. His riff on the classic New Orleans cocktail, the Vieux Carré, can be kept chilled, stored in cleaned 750-ml. liquor bottles, and on hand for all impromptu soirées. Get the recipe for Full Windsor

Touch of Evil Punch

Lemons and raspberries add tartness and a beautiful pink hue to this punch, slightly smoky thanks to the addition of mezcal.

Nutmeg-Infused Eggnog

Infusing the rum with nutmeg adds nice warm undertones to the drink. You need to start the recipe the day before you plan on serving it, and you can make it with either heavy cream or half and half, depending on how decadent you’re feeling. Get the recipe for Nutmeg-Infused Eggnog »

Spiced Percolator Punch

If a coffeemaker upgrade relegated your old percolator to the attic years ago, here’s another use for it: cocktail hour. Thrifty housewives have long repurposed the pot to make aromatic punches. The percolator continuously cycles hot liquids, which infuses spices and concentrates juices, making for a fragrant winter drink. Get the recipe for Spiced Percolator Punch » Crab apple liqueur with cinnamon

11 Signature Party Drink Ideas For Serious Cocktailers

Finding a signature drink is no easy task. After all, if you want to create a cocktail that captures your essence, it's going to take some careful thought. You need something that reflects your own sophisticated style, from the liquor choice, to the bitters and even the styling of the glass. But never fear, you don't have to go it alone. Here are 11 gorgeous signature cocktail ideas to give you inspiration.

This retro, 1930's-inspired cocktail is designed with adventurous palates in mind! The stylish gin drink is accented with grapefruit and maraschino liqueur.

Sangria is always a fan favorite on the drink menu, but this unique variation stands out from the crowd. While this recipe includes the traditional fruit, it also adopts mulling spices and an evergreen sprig of rosemary.

This refreshing cranberry spritzer conveniently doubles as a mocktail. Leave out the vodka and triple sec for a popular non-alcoholic option.

For a tart, sunset-hued cocktail, combine 1 part Lillet Rose with 1½ parts Plymouth gin, ¾ parts lemon juice, ¼ parts bitter citrus liqueur, and 2 dashes cranberry bitters. Top off with a touch of champagne and garnish.